Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed

I had a post ready about my latest Stitch Fix but I needed to get this out because it’s barely noon but today is one of those days.

Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.comI’ve been waking up REALLY cranky the last couple of mornings and today was no exception. Sadie woke me up screaming from the bathroom for me so I could wipe her butt. (Charming, right?)

Then she came into our rooms approximately three more times while I was trying to get just a few more minutes of sleep before I had to begin working.

I finally get up, fire up my work computer and email and am almost immediately bombarded with items that irritate me and set me on edge.

Get on a work call with my team and get disconnected, not realizing I am talking to myself for a good couple of minutes, Dial back in and have to repeat everything I just said.

Realize I had left my coffee still under the Keurig after I hit brew so I head downstairs to get it only to literally be mid-reach for it when I see it’s missing. A swing around to the dining room table and I see the coffee cup next to Dave’s plate.

Me: “Did you drink my coffee?!”
Dave: “Oh… I thought you left that for me…”

… and then I burst into tears. Not because Dave drank my coffee but because it seemed like every little thing was already going wrong and the day had barely begun.

Clearly, I don’t want the rest of my day to be affected by this awful mood so I am employing the following to get out of this funk:

  1. Vent to someone. I sent an IM to a trusted colleague and just vented. She gets it and then vented back to me. It felt nice to clear the air and just get it all out.
  2. Apologize and explain. I talked to Dave and let him know that I was sorry. I was acting irrational (and was also pre-menstrual so maybe hormones?) butI was not upset about the coffee but an overall bigger picture of how my day was shaping.
  3. Change of scenery. I have a lot of work to do today but I am making a point to get out of the house. Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need to put things in perspective even if all that includes is a trip to the post office and CVS.
  4. Wash the funk off – literally. Sometimes all I need is a shower to de-funk myself mentally and literally.
  5. Β Treat Yo Self! – (God I miss Parks and Recreation.) When I ran out to take care of errands I also grabbed an iced coffee and bagel from Dunkin Donuts. Yum!

How do you take care of yourself when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed?

I’d love some more ideas to implement when this inevitably happens again. πŸ™‚


  1. I had one of those days last week. I drove to Staples and bought myself new office supplies (okay, pens in every color of the rainbow) to make myself feel better. It worked for me! I’m definitely a fan of “Treat Yo Self”
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    • What is it about office supplies that make us so happy? And I hear ya – I just bought more planner stickers, washi tape and other paraphernalia at Michael’s. And then went on Amazon and got those Staedtler fine tip markers… in addition to the PaperMate Flair pens I already have… (oops)

  2. I usually put on some really loud rock music and jam out if I wake up on the wrong side of the bed. I also try to do a little yoga. If I can clear my mind a bit it helps to sweat it out!
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  3. Mondays + wrong side of bed is like adding insult to injury. I feel you, though. I have been dealing with frustrating requests all day today (is it THAT hard to read an email thoroughly) + tired + missing my bonus kids. It’s not a horrible day but I have had moments where I have had to reign myself back in. For me, since I’m in an office, going for a brisk walk around the office grounds helps. A fun playlist on Spotify (currently listening to Have a Good Day!), eating my granola bar early instead of in the afternoon, or making a short mental list of things that are going right helps me. If all else fails, I listen to rap music really loudly on the way home, not caring how horrible my singing is πŸ™‚

    • I didn’t have to this time but at times when I’m feeling like this or super stressed at work, I blast really hardcore metal music. People are shocked when they discover I listen to that! And if all else fails – gangsta rap for sure. πŸ™‚

  4. These are my coping mechanisms, too – plus a nap, when I can swing it, though that’s probably tougher with a kiddo. Hope things start looking up!
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  5. Sending you hugs!
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  6. I hate mornings/days like that, I really hope your de-funking made the rest of the day much better.


  7. It’s amazing what an iced coffee & donut can do for my day. TREAT YO SELF for real. Sorry your morning was so crappy, hope your fixes worked & the funk was gone.

  8. I hate days like that. Hope it’s all good now again πŸ™‚

    Solution of choice: take a brisk walk outside and take a deep breath. Also: a second cup of coffee.
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